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city's hey day. :09 r. davis - when we showed up for competitions usc, ucla, stanford, all the top school in america did not want to see us show up. the 1969 ncaa championship team featured smith and carlos.. who put speed city on the map not only for their blazing speed but for their historic protest against oppression during the 1968 olypic games. as smith and carlos raised their fists for equality among all ... it's easy to forget that the two spartans won gold and bronze medals that day. smith got gold after setting a new 200-meter world-record -- while carlos trailed less than a second behind to capture the bronze. :11 john carlos - i'm just very happy that i was able to be successful in my sports and set a precedence for kids who wanted to come into the sport after me and just do my do. a year later the speed city legacy continued as san jose state won the 1969 ncaa track and field championship trophy. today this monument on the sjsu campus reminds students about the courageous act smith and carlos took at the olympics. alum terry melvin was around back in the speed city days
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